Lady Rizo and The Motherlodge Returns To The Rudyard And Beyond

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Mar 272014

What started out as a celebration of the Rudyard Kipling, a.k.a., the Motherlodge, in 2009 has evolved into a long-running series of art and music events in Louisville, New York and a number of other cities around the country. Louisville native and drummer Ray Rizzo, of The Java Men and King Kong fame, who now lives in Brooklyn, started the event and now curates it. This year’s Motherlodge includes an opening night at Headliners tonight, March 27, featuring Lady Pyramid, Brett Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue, King Kong performing “Me Hungry and a late-night show by Corporal, featuring Michael Shannon . Friday, March 28, at the Rudyard, you can see Tyrone Cotton’s “Langston Hughes: Portrait In Blue” project, with help from Phil Cherry and Thad Pickney; Phourist and The Photons, Still Tide and Lady Rizo. Saturday, March 29, there’s a joint event, tagged as Humana Festival Soiree, with The Motherlodge, on the Belle Of Louisville, with music provided by Billy Goat Strut Revue, Twin Limb and Slow Charleston with Brett Ratliff. Sunday, March 30 is the closer at the Rudyard, with Lady Rizo, Anna Lee, Roeder and King Kong. For more information, head over to

Here’s a video of Lady Rizo, performing “Song Of Freedom”:

This is Corporal with Michael Shannon at a Chicago gig:

Kyle James Hauser ” Life, Love and Pain”:

Phourist and the Photons – “the Wave and the Powers That Be”;

Motherlodge 2013 – March 28-31

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Mar 082013

Ray Rizzo and the rest of the Motherlodge crew have announced the full schedule for Motherlodge 2013 Louisville and, as usual, it’s wide-ranging in every form. Here’s the “executive summary”
The Rudyard Kipling
Galerie Hertz
Hillbilly Tea
Haymarket Whiskey Bar


    Corn Mo

    Connie’s Avant Garde Restaurant

    The Deloreans

    The Derby City Dating Scene

    Evan Fugazzi

    The Handsome Man Band



    Brett Ratliff

    Mick Sullivan

    Michael Arthur

    Rebecca Hart

    Shelby Park Soul Stew

    Squallis Puppeteers

    Todd Hildreth

    Bourbon and Lace

and more tba
The details are lengthy; best to head over to the website at

Motherlodge Benefit At Actor s November 11

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Oct 062012

Motherlodge founder Ray Rizzo, drummer extraordinaire, sent along an email announcing a fund-raising benefit for his Motherlodge series, to be held at Actor’s Theatre on November 11. Here’s his description – not yet officially laid out – of the event:
For 4 years now you have watched and participated in Motherlodges that we have pulled off by any means necessary, learning how and what a Motherlodge is capable of. I am very excited that this event will be our first at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, in the Victor Jory Theatre (where this weekend and next Theatre 502 is doing an incredible production of Annie Baker’s The Aliens.) I expect our evening to be a celebration of everything Motherlodge has accomplished in Louisville thus far, with many of the people we have accomplished it with. At the center of the evening will be an encore performance by NYC illustrator and visual artist Michael Arthur of Ethan Lipton’s The Barber and The Farmer, a hilarious and spooky play that takes place between a laptop audio playback and the projection of Michael’s ink pens. Teresa Koester-Mills will be curating a one-night Pop Up Gallery in the lobby of the Victor Jory. Myself, Roadie Rodahaffer and Scott Anthony will lead the charge of a night of special guests and Motherlodgy moments. For a scant 2 hours we will Motherlodge with you, dream of what lies ahead, and send you into the work week bursting with energy.”
Put this on your calendar and stay tuned for more information.

Motherlodge 2012 Spectacular

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Mar 222012

Ray Rizzo and friends have put together yet another edition of the Louisville-born, Fringe-akin series of events they call Motherlodge – Live Arts Exchange, running March 26 – April 1 around town. there’s so much going on that it’s simpler to give you their list, with description:

Crawling Between Heaven and Earth” Re-imagine Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as it might have played out in a rural American town in the 1920?s. Shakespearian actor, educator, (and former Power Ranger) Jason Narvy will develop his original idea for this adaptation in Kentucky during the week with playwright Eric John Meyer, Louisville musician Chris “Roadie” Rodahaffer and actors and musicians from New York, Louisville and Whitesburg, KY. The premiere of “Crawling Between Heaven and Earth” for Spring Motherlodge will be followed with a remounting in New York City for Fall Motherlodge later in 2012. (Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31st at The Rudyard Kipling) (Information about casting and auditions can be found at

– Lady Rizo “Unescorted” NYC caburlesque chanteuse Lady Rizo has collaborated with Moby, Yo Yo Ma, Reggie Watts, Amber Martin and Taylor Mac. Her show “Ordained” at NYC’s Joe’s Pub was one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Top 10 Shows of 2011.” Lady Rizo returns to Motherlodge to perform a scorching solo set and host closing night.( Solo show: Saturday March 31st at The Rudyard Kipling) – “Obfuscation” is a performance that transforms the back of a 24? moving truck into its own unique and intimate venue. Created and performed by The Truck Project (Jean Ann Douglass and Eric John Meyer), “Obfustication” explores the crossroads of personal identity and political action, and will play to 16 audience members at a time in different Louisville locations throughout Motherlodge Week. (* Monday March 26 at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, *Wed. March 28 at Nach Bar in Germantown… other locations to be announced March 1st on ) – An “integrated viewing performance” of the NCAA Final Four Semi-Finals is the best description for a brewing collaboration between Louisville Improvisors funnyman Chris Anger, Ray Rizzo, J.P. Lebangood, and other Louisville performance artists and musicians. The game will play on the big screen accompanied by live scoring and improvised interludes. (Saturday March 31st at The Rudyard Kipling) – Jim Gavenus and members of The Ernest Becker Foundation will create an opportunity to explore the effects of death upon the human condition through an
exhibition of Gavenus’ work photographing people at the moment of their passing. (Friday and Saturday March 30/31 at The Rudyard Kipling) – “Remember The Dog,” a new experimental work by New York theater artist Colleen Sullivan and co-creators Paola Irun and Alex Borinsky will use chance operation to fuse the physical life of silent film with Chekov’s short story “The Lady With The Dog”.? (Friday and Saturday March 30/31 at The Rudyard Kipling) – Christopher Layer is a world-acclaimed Uilleann pipist and founder of The New Harmony Music Festival (taking place in New Harmony, IN this summer). Chris
will perform a set of acoustic music pulling from his original work and Irish and folk traditions and also participate in an open session with Motherlodge musicians. (date and location tba) – Louisville artist and Bellarmine educator Teresa Mills will once again present a Pop Up Art Gallery installation in collaboration with other Kentucky artists.(date and location tba) – Motherlodge Closing Night at Headliners Music Hall will be hosted by Lady Rizo and feature performances by Corporal (featuring Michael Shannon) and
Steely Danish, Louisville’s spectacular 11-piece Steely Dan tribute band, who will collaborate with Motherlodge artists on a special closing night set. (Sunday April 1st at Headliners Music Hall)

Throughout the Spring Motherlodge program, Long Table Discussions, a staged discussion concept created by performance artist/educator Lois Weaver, will be
held to foster dialogues between Motherlodge’s performers and audience. In addition, Motherlodge will stream many of the events online on [1]motherlodgetv
through a partnership with Livestream.

Spring Motherlodge at The Rudyard Kipling

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Feb 212012

Ray Rizzo and company are putting together the Spring Motherlodge at The Rudyard Kipling, set for March 26-April 1. There’ll be lots of interesting, unusual and off-the-wall sorts of things going on. There’s so much in the works that you should just go to the motherlodge site and read it there.

Terrabeat Cultural Showcase Video

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Aug 212011

Ray Rizzo of Motherlodge has posted a number of videos from the LMN/Terrabeat Cultural Showcase at the Rudyard on July 21. There are a number but watching Anvee dance traditional Katta (Indian) Dance is my choice for the most interesting. Anvee is a professional dancer from India, now living in Louisville.

Watch live streaming video from motherlodgetv at

Louisville Musicians To Play Motherlodge In New York

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Jan 102011

Points to Ray Rizzo, who has taken a number of Louisville musicians to play his New York Motherlodge shows at Joe’s Pub on January 17, and Cakeshop, on January 18. Included are Tyrone Cotton, Alanna Fugate, Dan Hardin, Scott Mertz and poet Ron Whitehead. Check for more info.

A Few Upcoming CDs, Will Oldham Talks, Motherlodge in NYC

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Jan 032011

Tara Key has a new CD in the works, Double Star, on Thrill Jockey, with Eleventh Dream Day’s Rick Rizzo.

My Morning Jacket is working on a new, unnamed project, set for release about May, 2011

Will Oldham actually talked to Fogged Clarity, an arts review website. The entire forty-seven chat is available here.

Ray Rizzo is tweeting his urgent need to get things together for the Jan. 16-18 edition of Motherlodge in NYC.

The holidays are over, time to get back to the flood of music in the city. Email us your music news.